Born 20 August 1833, son of James Hills, Neechindipore, Bengal, India, and Charlotte, daughter of Angelo Savi. He was educated at the Edinburgh Academy and Addiscombe. He entered the Bengal Artillery in 1853 and served in the Indian Mutiny, 1857-8, winning the Victoria Cross for saving his battery at the siege of Delhi. He served in the Abyssinian campaign, 1867-8, and the Lushai campaign, 1871-2, and was awarded the C.B. He fought also in the Afghanistan war, 1878-80, was made military governor of the Kabul, made K.C.B. in 1881, and advanced, in 1893, to G.C.B. Hills married, 1882, Charlotte, daughter and coheiress of John Johnes, Dolaucothi, Carmarthenshire; in 1883 he assumed, by royal licence, the additional name and arms of Johnes. He was honorary colonel of the 4th battalion of the Welch Regiment, was J.P. and D.L. for Carmarthenshire, served as high sheriff of that county, 1886, and was made an honorary freeman of the town of Carmarthen in 1910. He was treasurer of Aberystwyth University College, 1898-1919, and was awarded the honorary degree of LL.D. by the University of Wales in 1917. He died 3 January 1919.
Published date: 1959
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